Jan 26 2016 | Posted in Recreational Division Newsletter

Important Calendar Reminders:

February 1 Casual Parking Rates Increase
February 6-13 RWB School PD presents First Steps
February 6 Cecchetti Ballet examination fees due to School Office by students
February 15 Louis Riel Day – no RD classes
February 17-21 RWB’s A Cinderella Story
February 28 Cecchetti Ballet examination rehearsals

Steppin’ Out: Recreational Division Adult Student Showcase

Our adult program students have been working diligently over the past few weeks in preparation for Steppin’ Out, the RWB School Recreational Division adult student showcase.

March 12 at 7:30 pm
March 13 at 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

Tickets are available through the RWB Box Office and went on sale to the general public on Tuesday, January 26th!

DVDs will be available for purchase through the School Office between February 1st and March 21st. DVDs are $28 each.

Dance Spectrum and Spring Concert Dates

Dance Spectrum and Spring Concert, our year-end student showcases, are just around the corner! Mark your calendars with the dates below:

Dance Spectrum #1: May 29 - Centennial Concert Hall 6:30 pm

Dance Spectrum #2: June 4 - Centennial Concert Hall 6:30 pm

Spring Concert: June 5, 2016 - Pantages Playhouse Theatre 3:00 pm

Tickets will be available through the RWB Customer Service Office on March 22nd, 2016 (formerly March 8th). Please keep watching your email for details.

Cecchetti Ballet Examinations

The RWB School is pleased to be offering ballet exams in the Cecchetti Syllabus once again this year. At the end of January all ballet students attending the second class may receive an invitation to participate in the exam process. These decisions are made by students’ ballet teachers and will be based on progress, attendance, focus and the standard set by the Cecchetti Society of Canada. The exam session will be held in April and a maximum of four mandatory Sunday exam rehearsals will be scheduled during the months prior. Students must be enrolled in a minimum of two ballet classes per week of the same level to be considered for these exams.

Please be aware that ballet examinations are NOT mandatory to advance to the next RWB and Cecchetti level (with the exception of the Intermediate exam). We encourage students to consider taking exams as they are a positive goal for students to work toward. Ballet exams are offered in select ballet classes from Levels 1-8 and within the Intensive Training Program. Upon completion of an examination, students will receive a certificate and detailed report from the Cecchetti Society. For more information please speak to your child’s ballet teacher.

Volunteers Please!

Every school that enters the Manitoba Dance Festival must provide a certain number of volunteers based on their number of entries. Volunteers are given roles at the Festival which may include: handing out certificates onstage, working at the information booth or monitoring the audience. We truly appreciate any time you are able to donate on behalf of the RWB School.

We also require a large number of parent volunteers to support our year-end recitals, Dance Spectrum and Spring Concert, backstage. Volunteers can view their children’s performances at the dress rehearsal from the front and the performance from backstage with no need to purchase a ticket!

The RWB School appreciates any assistance parents are able to provide. If you are interested in helping with either of these events, please visit the RWB School Office to sign up.

Festival Rehearsals

If you have any questions regarding festival rehearsals please contact your child’s choreographer directly. The RWB School Office is able to pass along correspondence from parents/students to teachers however, please be aware that the teacher will not be able to receive your message until their next scheduled day of teaching.

First Steps

Witness emerging student choreographers and dancers bring their creations to life on stage for the very first time during First Steps, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet School Professional Division’s annual choreographic competition.

To learn more and purchase tickets, click here.

Val Caniparoli’s A Cinderella Story

Remember when families gathered around the television set on a Saturday night? That era, the 1950’s, is the setting for Val Caniparoli’s A Cinderella Story, a retro retelling of everybody’s favourite fairy tale.

Experience this unique take on the old-age story complete with vintage couture-inspired costumes, electric choreography melded with Richard Rodgers’ music, all arranged for a live jazz orchestra by legendary Winnipeg bandleader Ron Paley.

Students are eligible to purchase a ticket at a discounted rate. Offer can be redeemed one week before showtime using the promo code sent to you by email at that time.*

* Discount is taken off standard adult ticket pricing and cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions. Discount tickets are available in Section B ONLY and are not exchangeable once the tickets have been processed.

Company dancers Katie Bonnell and Dmitri Dovgoselets; Photo by Rejean Brandt
Company dancers Katie Bonnell and Dmitri Dovgoselets; Photo by Rejean Brandt